The Bard: Gerald James Clark

Inspiring Real Adventures

Gerald Clark is that rare breed – the singer-songwriter. A life of touring and performing has seen him travel all the paths. It is a life crafted to spend as much time as possible taking in the great outdoors.

Gerald’s lifelong love affair with the blues has gifted him an extraordinary ability to simplify beats and tunes back to a basic perfect honesty. It’s the ideal backing to his vocals – the voice that has seen him described as one of the best blues vocalists in the world. 

But he ain’t just a bluesman. He’s an explorer and a true adventurer. Always original in his approach, Gerald dreams up music tours that are actually off-the-wall adventures. His one tour around Namibia was done completely on horseback. A current idea is a music tour of South Africa’s best hike routes – but you can only join on foot! 

Gerald’s been on the road for more than 20 years, traveling through South- and Southern Africa from town to town, gig to gig, campsite to campsite. He once took his bakkie on the road for a year and just camped wherever he went. It’s a gypsy-esque path that seems so rare in the modern world.

His search for the remote has been his driving force for the past couple of years. These days he lives in the Czech Republic, and finds a strange joy in ice swimming and hiking in the snow. 

You can tell he really misses South Africa, but there’s a great big world out there to explore and someone’s gotta do it! 

Written By: AWEMYBRU

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